Ryro Posted March 11 · Supporter Share Posted March 11 Heads up; this is NOT about the Novus Homo, or New man, 7 time council, Rome's greatest and most innovative general (to that point), uncle of Julius Caesar, teacher turned nemesis of Sulla, and all around badass who turned the Republic on its head, Gauis Marius. (Sorry, you WON'T be reading about this all around stud, who invented Marius' mules- this innovator was the first to create a standing army, loyal to their general, for Rome!) ...Ours is the barely known by history, Gallic blacksmith, who walked ass backwards into the purple, known as Marcus Aurelius Marius. He was supposedly only "in office" for two or three days. Though, more likely two or three months, due to the amount of coins he was able to produce (not that there's a lot) and fact that he had time to relocate to Trier before Victorinus had him cut down. He was, also supposedly, killed by one of the swords that he himself made! Not much else is known about him other than how he came to power; After Postumus was murdered by his own troops at Moguntiacum, for apparently not letting them loot and pillage, Marius (possibly accidently), an officer, was proclaimed emperor!? Which brings me to my new coin. Despite the lettering going off flan I am very happy with the portrait (very Postumus-esque) and crisp reverse: Marius. Antoninianus. 269 AD. Trier. (Ric-V 2.7 Ticinum). Anv.: IMP C MARIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right. Rev.: CONCORDIA MILITVM, clasped hands. Ae. 2,75 g. Almost VF/VF. Purchased from Tauler & Fau Modern update: here's a reconstruction of his appearance from the sources descriptions of him: And then: Some of the other Gallic emperors: Postumus Areolus (supposedly under Postumus) Victorinus Tetricus l Tetricus ll You know you've got Gallic emperors to share, Marius, short lived emperors. And we'd like to see them or anything you'd like. 19 1 1 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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